Tralee Man Honoured For Saving Girl’s Life On Kerry Beach

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A TRALEE man was honoured at the Water Safety Ireland’s National Annual Awards Ceremony last night.

John Timlin from Barrow received a Rescue Appreciation Award and Seiko Just in Time Award for rescuing a girl in Castlegregory during the summer.

Last August, John Timlin, who owns had just finished a surf lesson at Fermoyle strand, Castlegregory. Suddenly he saw swimmers in difficulty, caught in a rip current. He quickly grabbed a surfboard and paddled out.

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It took some time to get through the high waves. Eventually, he spotted a motionless girl, weak and semi-conscious, pulled her up onto the board and began a challenging paddle to shore through dangerous conditions.

He placed her into the recovery position and after coughing up a lot of water, was kept warm with blankets from his van until emergency services arrived. Thankfully, she made a full recovery.

Last night, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, acknowledged John and 12 other recipients of the ‘Seiko Just in Time Rescue Award’ in appreciation for saving fifteen lives, during an online awards ceremony.

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